Blue and Gold Macaw
Common Names: Blue and Gold Macaw, Blue and Yellow Macaw
Scientific Name: Ara ararauna
Origin: South America (Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia
Average Lifespan: 40 years average, up to 60 years
Size: 33 to 36 inches
Weight: 900-1500 grams, and Paraguay)
Noise Level: Extremely vocal and Loud
Talk / Trick Ability: Very Good
Temperament: Loving, intelligent very naughty
Diet: Pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts
Egg Clutch: 2-3 white eggs
Incubation: days: 28 days
The well-known blue-and-gold macaw enjoys plenty of attention, head scratching and cuddling, but also likes to play and chew, so provide it with colourful hard wooden blocks to destroy. They need lots of room to stretch their wings, so the largest cage possible is ideal. Blue-and-gold macaws are sociable, easy-going birds that are affectionate and tolerant creatures.
Behaviour / Health Concerns:
As with all macaws, blue-and-gold macaws are big and will sometimes play rough and enjoy screaming, but love attention and training can reduce biting and other problem behaviour. If their nipping is not properly dealt with the bad biting habit can develop into a potential problem. With enough interactive time with those in the household, this macaw's nippiness and moods can be solved. As a baby, the blue-and-gold macaw are larger than most parrots, and need patience and understanding during their development. Blue-and-gold macaws require more fat in their diet than other parrots, which you can provide with pellet-based diet, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nut such as brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts and macadamia is also important. They are prolific chewers, so offer toys to chew and destroy often. They are susceptible to overgrown beaks, papillomas, proventricular dilatation disease (PDD, also known as “macaw wasting” disease), psittacosis and vitamin-A sensitivity.